Ann is a Utah native. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Utah University and gained professional experience working in the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. She spent several years shaping her design skills while employed with The Gardner Partnership Architects. In 2001 she opened Blue Sage Gallery & Fine Framing in Cedar City, Utah. Most recently, Ann relocated to Durango in 2015 after spending a few years in Missouri. She is inspired by the arid beauty of the desert and feels most at home in the West, where her creativity flows freely.
Ann has been affiliated with the Cedar City Art Committee as well as the Southern Utah Watercolor Society, having served as chairperson for both organizations, and the Utah Watercolor Society. She was a member of the MOSI Art Guild, Kirksville Arts Association, the Columbia Art League and The Best of Missouri Hands and is currently a member of The Durango Arts Center.
Some of her awards include:
Solo Exhibition Award, “Cultural Consciousness”, Studio & Gallery, Durango, Colorado
Best of Show Award, juried exhibition “Woman”, Studio & Gallery, Durango, Colorado
Durango Arts Center Micro-Grant Award, Durango, Colorado
DAC In-Residence at Willowtail Springs, Artist in Residence Award, Mancos, Colorado
Best of Show, Two-Dimensional, MOSI Art Guild, Kirksville, Missouri
Drawing Purchase Award, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
I create in the mediums of watercolor, charcoal and pencil or pen, typically originating from direct observation of life. Sometimes work is completed on-the-spot or begun on location and finished in the studio later. All this informs the finished artwork, conveying the feeling or sense of place and time.